Financial Assistance for Postgraduate students

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans in Northern Ireland

If you are due to start a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, taught Master’s or research Master’s  during the 2017/18 Academic Year, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,500 for the course to help with the cost of your course fees.

The tuition fee loan will be:

  1. non-means tested;
  2. paid directly to the student’s Higher Education Provider (HEP).
How much can I get Course Duration

Maximum Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan available


Courses completed in 1 Academic year or less


Up to £5,500 for the year

Courses completed in 2 Academic years


Up to £2,750 per year

Courses completed in 3 Academic years


Up to £1,833 per year

How is it paid?


It is paid directly to your University or College each year  in 3 instalments, 25%; 25% + 50%


Do I have to pay it back?


Yes, you will become eligible to begin repayment from the start of the tax year (April 6th) after you complete or withdraw from your course providing you earn over the minimum threshold of £17,775.


You will normally be entitled to a maximum of one postgraduate tuition fee loan only. If you subsequently decide to undertake a further course at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, taught Masters, or research Masters level, you will NOT be eligible for a second Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan.

Further information can be found on the Student Finance NI website